imgChrisMoraes Christopher Moraes, Ph.D.
Canada Research Chair in Advanced Cellular Microenvironments
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Chemical Engineering
Associate member, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering; Goodman Cancer Research Center

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Chris Moraes is a hybrid engineer: he trained in nanoengineering (B.A.Sc.), and switched into mechanical and biomedical engineering (Ph.D, U. Toronto) before holding a Banting / NSERC postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan’s Biointerfaces Institute.  His research interests lie at the interface between engineering, biology and medicine, and he is particularly curious about the role microenvironmental biomechanical forces play in driving disease and development. Recent honours include the NSERC Howard Alper postdoctoral prize, and the Leyerle-CIFAR prize for interdisciplinary research.


imgArvindC Arvind Chandrasekaran, Ph.D., P.Eng., Postdoctoral fellow
Arvind obtained his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Concordia University, in Microfluidics and Microsystems. He worked as a Product development engineer at the Alberta Centre for Advanced Micro-Nanotech Products in Calgary, and later as Lab Manager at the Center for Engineering in Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, before joining the Moraes lab as a postdoc. His research interests lie in applying engineering towards translational medicine, and is currently investigating single cell mechanics and microfabrication technologies to integrate 3D cell culture systems into in-vitro culture platforms. But no amount of research has been able to keep him away from his passion for cricket, fitness or photography !
imggabebrewer Gabrielle Brewer, M.Sc. candidate
Gabe is a Master’s student in the department of Biochemistry under the co-supervision of Dr. Morag Park. She is originally from Waterloo, Ontario and previously obtained her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at McGill University. Gabe’s current research involves modelling tumour epithelial-stromal cell interactions for the purpose of identifying key interactions that enhance tumour cell proliferation and invasiveness. Outside of the lab, Gabe enjoys hiking, cooking, travelling, running, and drinking tea.
imgLisaZhao Lisa Zhao, M.Eng. candidate
Lisa completed an undergraduate chemical engineering degree from McGill and is from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  She will be developing and fune-tuning an innovative soft silicone microstructure through “Supersoft” lithography, for use in a modified high-throughput screening process.  Previously, Lisa has been a teaching assistant for a separation processes class and developed two laboratory activities to help understand core concepts in distillation.  Her activities outside the lab include being a varsity athlete on the McGill Tennis Team, painting and practicing yoga.
imgMarwanAbduljawad Marwan Abduljawad, Ph.D. candidate
Marwan is originally from Saudi Arabia and he came to us from USA. He got his Bachelor and Masters degrees in Chemical Engineering from Yanbu Industrial College and the University of Arizona. He has experience in nanotechnology during his Master degree, where he focused on making insulin nanoparticles and developing a new oral drug delivery method. He is interested in exploring the area of microengineering during his PhD program at McGill, and he is currently working on tissue extracellular matrix nanoparticles. In his free time, Marwan likes to swim, cook, watch movies, video gaming, play soccer and spend time with his friends and family.
imgRayTran Ray Tran, M.Eng. candidate
Ray is originally from Toronto, Ontario and he obtained his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He is currently pursuing a Master of under the co-supervision of Prof. C. Hoesli and Prof. C. Moraes. His research is involves understanding and optimizing the differentiation of induced pluripotent stem cells into functional insulin-secreting beta cells with regards to different substrates, soluble signals and culture dimensionality. Outside of the lab, Ray enjoys cooking, watching movies, and exercising.
imgSanyaSiddiqui Sanya Siddiqui, M.Eng. candidate
Sanya is a Master’s student in the department of Chemical Engineering under the co-supervision of Dr. Moraes and Dr. Tufenkji. She is originally from London, Ontario and graduated with a B.ESc in Chemical Engineering from The University of Western Ontario. Sanya has a background in antimicrobial biomaterials but is excited to explore the area of microengineering. Outside of the lab, Sanys enjoys reading, cooking and socializing with friends.
imgStephanieMok Stephanie Mok, Ph.D. candidate
Stephanie comes to us from the University of Western Ontario to pursue a PhD in chemical engineering, a rather dramatic shift from her days studying the basic medical sciences. She holds a Bachelor of Medical Sciences degree specializing in pathology and toxicology, as well as a Masters of Science in pathology. She’s excited to dabble in single-cell models to better understand how changes to their microenvironment can lead to the development of disease. Her current hobbies and interests include rock climbing, bicycling, video gaming and reading.
WontaeLee_site Wontae Lee, M.Eng. Candidate
Wontae is an (almost) fully assimilated Korean-Canadian from mostly Ontario – latest location: Toronto. Presently, she is pursuing her Master of Engineering in Chemical Engineering (co-supervised by Richard Leask), studying the relationship between cell-generated forces and functional tissue activity via engineered mechanosensors.  Outside of the lab, Wontae enjoys a mishmash of sports, film (both the cinema and photography variety), and eating hamburgers and ice cream (but not together, because ew). Her favourite joke: What’s red and bad for your teeth? A brick!
imgzhenweima Zhenwei Ma, M.Eng. Candidate
Zhenwei obtained his undergraduate chemical engineering degree from Sichuan University and is originally from Anyang, China. He is currently looking forward to deciphering the mechanobiology of trophoblast cell fusion via several microfabrication techniques. Previously he has worked on droplet-microfluidics platforms for controlled micro-mixing and eye-on-a-chip. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, cycling, playing badminton and listening to Jazz.
imgcharlesledoux Charles Ledoux, CHEE 494/5 undergraduate RA
Charles is an undergraduate chemical engineering student. He is currently developing finite element models of hydrogels expanding in cellular tissues. He was born in Paris, is of German and French descent and spent his high school years in Japan. Outside of his studies, Charles loves to play the piano, run marathons and volunteer.
imgkathrynleci Kathryn Ciu Leci, CHEE 494 undergraduate RA
Kathryn is an undergraduate student in Chemical Engineering from London, Ontario. She selected McGill for its high academic standard and because it was just far enough away from her loving Albanian family. She grew up in a large household that included all three of her living grandparents, and is fluent in Albanian, French, and English. As a result, she shares similar tendencies to an 85-year-old Albanian woman. Her research will focus on manipulating the properties of hydrogel beads to assess the mechanical properties of tissues. Aside from academics, Kathryn enjoys yoga, biking, poking fun at her family and exploring Montréal.
imgNikKalashnikov Nikita Kalashnikov, NSERC USRA / CHEE 495 undergraduate RA
Nik has been all over the world: of Russian descent, he was born in Israel and raised in Montreal. He is now studying chemical engineering at McGill and is pursuing a biomedical engineering minor. He is working on developing a simple and easy-to-use technique to measure mechanical properties of cells, and designing smart material scaffolds for tissue engineering. When Nik is not busy, he is at the gym lifting weights, running laps and doing some heavy bag work.
imgSarahDubois Sarah Dubois, NSERC USRA / CHEE 495 undergraduate RA
Sarah is an undergraduate chemical engineering student and is from Alberta. She will be developing a super-soft lithography device for high-throughput screening, as well as using super soft lithography to mimic pulmonary tissue. Outside of the lab Sarah is a varsity goalkeeper for the McGill soccer team. In her free time she enjoys big campfires and mountain air.
imgSarahEzzeddine Sarah Ezzeddine, CHEE 495 Undergraduate RA
Sarah is an undergraduate in Chemical Engineering. She is Lebanese-Ivorian, born and raised in Ivory Coast. In the lab, she is working on smart material hydrogels for diagnostic applications. Outside of the lab, Sarah enjoys discovering new restaurants and spending her time on the beach.
imgSonya Sonya Kouthouridis, Undergraduate RA
Sonya is an undergraduate chemical engineering student and a Montreal native. She is studying the effects of micropatterned surfaces on the chemotherapeutic resistance of cancer cells. Outside the lab, Sonya enjoys cooking, watching movies and doing yoga.

If you’re interested in taking a strong multidisciplinary approach towards integrating microtechnologies, engineering and medicine, please consider joining our team.

M.Eng. graduate alumni

2014-2016: Avital Horowitz, M.Eng. (Dept. of Chemical Engineering)

Undergraduate alumni

2016 (summer): Xavier Wong, CHEE McGill
2016 (summer):  Patricia Sosa, MITACS GlobalLink Intern
2015-2016: Andrea Saliba, CHEE McGill
2015-2016: Camilla Jiang, CHEE McGill
2016 (Winter):  Sabrina Clarke, CHEE McGill
2014-2015: Katie MacDonald, NSERC USRA, CHEE McGill
2014 (Summer):  Celestine Hong, NSERC USRA, CHEE McGill
2014 (Summer):  David Chondon, NSERC USRA, CHEE McGill,
2014 (Summer):  Jessica Golo Vaz De Lima, Undergraduate Exchange RA, Science without Borders
2014 (Summer):  Jessica Ronci, MECH, McGill